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Asus working on augmented reality headset, coming 2016


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Since the apparent death of Google Glass, virtual reality has nabbed much of the limelight from augmented reality.

But Microsoft’s HoloLens will soon have to share centre-stage with a new entrant to the AR market – Asus.

The Taiwanese PC maker has confirmed plans to launch an augmented reality headset.

Speaking during an earnings webcast – as reported by CNet – Asus CEO Jerry Shen outed the project to investors.

“It should be next year when we come out with a product,” said Shen, who then added: “we think AR will be very important for people’s lives”.

This comes as no big surprise; earlier this year, Jonney Shih – Asus chairman – told TrustedReviews that Asus already had plans to work on augmented reality.

“We need to drive both [virtual reality and augmented reality],” said Shih, adding: “We have that kind of plan already. Some kind of partner project ongoing.”

Related: What is HoloLens?

While virtual reality receives the lion’s share of media attention right now, there are still efforts being made in the AR space.

Microsoft is already spending plenty of time and effort developing its HoloLens headset.

And let’s not forget Magic Leap, the Google-backed AR project that’s extensively teased (1,2,3) its upcoming – but still unannounced – device.

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